Books: Journeys

FINDING THE CENTER: TWO NARRATIVES

by V.S. Naipaul Knopf; 176 pages; $13.95

In Among the Believers (1981), his most recent book of nonfiction, V.S. Naipaul displayed a few early symptoms of self-parody. The Muslim fundamentalists he met on his travels through Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia sorely tried his patience. They did not seem impressed by his example of success: an Indian born and raised in Trinidad, then a British colony, who had won a scholarship to Oxford and afterward, as an admirable writer, earned much favor in Western eyes. All that those...

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